February 25, 2014
3:00 pmto4:00 pm

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PLEASE NOTE: The book club has reached the limit for sign-ups. We hope you’ll check back often to see what other exciting programs are coming up – and you may want to read these wonderful books on your own.

Your garden is put to bed – and now is the perfect time to get cozy by the wood fire with books.   Director of Education Melissa Cullina has chosen four diverse books that blend the botanical and the literary – specially chosen for plant and nature enthusiasts like us! Gather around the Gardens’ fireside one Tuesday per month to discuss the book and enjoy tea and treats.  Please sign up, and then simply read and come to the Visitor Center on the discussion date to share what you’ve experienced through reading each book. 

February book: Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kilmer

Discussion Tuesday, February 25, 3 p.m. 

Winner of the 2005 John Burroughs Medal

Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.

In this series of linked personal essays, Robin Kimmerer leads general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings. Kimmerer explains the biology of mosses clearly and artfully, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us.

Drawing on her experiences as a scientist, a mother, and a Native American, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenous ways of knowing. In her book, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world.

Learn more about the Fireside Book Club.